politics The Best Political Musicians  

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List Rules Only musicians who are notoriously outspoken about politics or are known as political musicians. Having 1 or 2 political songs doesn't make a someone a political musician (ie Macklemore or Bright Eyes)

Music, by it's nature, is inherently political. Musicians have been singing about the ills of society since the origins of folk music and some of the best musicians of all time are recognized for their populist songs that many people can related to. Whether it's political rock, folk music, or even political rap, musicians have the ability to connect with issues that are great importance to regular people. The best political musicians are among the most beloved figures in history because they aren't afraid to stand up to injustice and rankle governments or corrupt organizations.

So, who are the best political musicians? Any list of political artists has to include the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. These musicians are widely recognized as some of the most important political musicians of all time. Their contributions to bettering society and helping the voiceless is what makes political musicians a vital part of both pop culture. 

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide who are the best political musicians of all time. If you notice someone who should be on this poll and isn't, feel free to add them. 
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

2
209 220
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

3
193 216
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
197 232
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
192 250
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
117 158
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
123 171
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

8
100 152
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

9
41 64
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

10
62 96
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
101 156
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

12
89 139
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

13
38 61
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

14
67 106
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked

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28 46
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

16
55 88
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

17
32 53
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

18
68 109
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians

19
12 22
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

20
62 100
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

21
1 5
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Manu Chao Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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42 69
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

23
38 63
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

24
27 46
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

25
56 92
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

26
24 42
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

27
29 50
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

28
34 58
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

The Best Songs About Presidents

29
46 77
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

30
58 96
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

31
89 145
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

32
82 134
U2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

33
28 49
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

34
57 95
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

35
50 84
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

36
38 65
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

37
107 175
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

38
81 134
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

39
40 69
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

40
18 34
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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41 71
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

42
19 36
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

An '80s Rock Legend Destroyed Washington Elites With A Devastating Speech To Congress

43
37 65
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

44
35 62
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

45
30 54
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

46
28 51
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

47
23 43
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

48
18 35
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

49
16 32
Crass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

50
17 34
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country